Chicago area: The wife in this story had been battling lung cancer for the past year. She apparently felt up to a short motorcycle ride with her husband, a maintenance man at an apartment complex, on Labor Day weekend. Sadly, they were both killed when a car struck them.
For Susan and Mike Kelms, their four dogs were like their children. And they always hoped they would stay together if anything happened to them.
About two weeks after the Kelmses were both killed in a fatal motorcycle crash over the Labor Day weekend, their family and a Burr Ridge shelter is looking for someone to adopt the pack.
They are 6-year-old Anacortes, a 47-pound female American Eskimo lab mix; 3-year-old Cedonia, a 34-pound female husky mix; 7-year-old Tacoma, a 92-pound male lab mix; and Everett, a 4-year-old, 47-pound, male Austrian Shepard lab mix.
The dogs are described as “well-mannered” and “best friends” who hang together at the shelter. Their late owners, who rescued each of the dogs, considered them family members. I hope what remains of this family can stay together, even if it’s a long shot.